In Via dei Fossi, last November 18, the independent bookstore “Todo Modo” opened its door to a 180 sq.m. space, offering, beyond books, theatrical shows and chance to sit down for a coffee.
More than a bookstore, Todo Modo — whose name comes from Leonardo Sciascia’s novel — is also a cafe and theater. Its founders wanted to create a kind of “living room” in Florence to stop and browse books while giving their customers a full experience beyond reading.
The shop has about 15,000 books for sale. These include new, used books and ebooks, and you can return books you bought, getting a credit for a quarter of the returned book’s cover price. They have fiction, as well as well-chosen selection of books for children (including in English) and a well-stocked travel section.
The cafe‘s name is Uqbar, in homage to a famous story by Jorge Luis Borges, and it serves quality coffee, wine and local foods. You can reserve tables for lunch, work events and drinks. Plus, there is a large reading room in which meetings with writers, theatrical performances, screenings, workshops for children and seminars take place. Some of these events include educational workshops for children in English, put on by the Helen Doron school, and a “bookseller for a day” event that actively involves Todo Modo readersin presenting their personal book collections. Events are free, but must be reserved.
Libreria “Todo Modo”,
Via dei Fossi 15 rosso, Firenze
Hours: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm. Closed Monday
English translation by Miriam Hurley